* Did you know that your government is watching you?
* That it buys personal data from private contractors and foreign governments?
* That it collects this information to “predict” whether you might be a terrorist?
* That if you are singled out, no one may be able to help you?
The government is spying on us, accessing our email, our bank records, and our cell phone calls. Maureen Webb exposes the shadowy global network of surveillance that is infringing on the privacy and civil rights of people worldwide. Biometrics, chip implants, abductions, and torture are no longer sci-fi; they are in practice today and paid for with our taxes. Maureen Webb shows us the scope of the problem and how to resist.
Praise for Illusions of Security:
“Maureen Webb pulls all the pieces together – special rendition, no-fly lists, biometric surveillance, warrant-less wiretaps, torture – to create a harrowing picture of post 9-11 state repression. This valuable guide makes clear how dramatically civil liberties have been attacked in recent years.” – Christian Parenti, author of The Freedom: Shadows and Hallucinations in Occupied Iraq, The Soft Cage and Lockdown America
"Through the various 'frozen scandals' of the War on Terror – from extraordinary rendition to torture to warrant-less wiretapping and surveillance – runs a single theme: the Bush Administration's obsessive concern with 'the preemption of risk.' In Illusions of Security, Maureen Webb manages to construct a broader, compelling narrative out of what had seemed the isolated abuses of a single government, and to follow that grim narrative fearlessly where it leads: to a darker, less democratic and more frightening future." – Mark Danner, author of Torture and Truth: America, Abu Ghraib and the War on Terror
"'Your government is spying on you, and it's going to get worse until we do something about it,’ is Maureen Webb's message in her brilliant, much needed new book. In measured, lucid detail, Webb presents a wide-ranging account of the emerging global network of surveillance that is infringing on the personal privacy and civil liberties of people in the United States and worldwide." – Nadine Strossen, President, ACLU